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Sunday, April 13, 2014 - 10:00pm

In an encore episode of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D'Agostino, strategic partner of Susan Wagner PR + Best Rate of Climb, interviews Janet LaBreck, former commissioner of the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind, shown posing with her guide dog, Ozzie. They talk about the challenges and opportunities for visually impaired people in a struggling economy. This episode aired originally on September 15, 2013.

LaBreck became interested in working as a rehabilitation counselor during her adolescence. She was diagnosed as legally blind when she was a young child, and she always knew that she wanted to be able to work professionally with other individuals who were also blind.

She considers Grace Johnson, her previous "teacher of the visually impaired" to be her mentor. Grace inspired her throughout her high school education. She encouraged Grace to see the world not through her eyes but, through her mind and heart. Janet was the first person in her family to receive a college degree, and she attributes that accomplishment to the support and guidance that she received from Grace.

The quote that LaBreck  tries to live by, is attributed to Mahatma Gandhi: "You must be the change that you want to see in the world".

Last September, she embarked on a new journey in her quest to be that change. That February, President Obama President Obama nominated her to be the next commissioner of the federal Rehabilitation Services Administration. Her nomination was subsequently confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

 LaBreck had been commissioner of the Mass. Commission for the Blind since 2007. Previously, she was the agency’s regional director for Central Massachusetts, from 2001 to 2007, vocational-rehabilitation counselor, from 1993 to 2001, independent-living coordinator, from 1987 to 1992, and consumer advocate from 1985 to 1986. She has also been an adjunct professor since 2005 at Assumption College, where she teaches graduate-level courses in rehabilitation of the blind and case management in rehabilitation. 

Sunday, April 13, 2014 - 9:00pm

“Hipness is not a state of mind, it is a fact of life” wrote Cannonball Adderley, a musician who embodied the 1960s and changed jazz with his joy and exuberance in performance. Tonight on Inquiry we speak with award-winning author, annotator, discographer and music historian CARY GINELL about his great new biography WALK TALL: THE MUSIC AND LIFE OF JULIAN “CANNONBALL” ADDERLEY. Cannonball was more than a great sax musician; he was an enthusiastic innovator and a dedicated teacher, spreading the joy of jazz across the nation. Tune in and find out why.

Inquiry welcomes CHET WILLIAMSON, writer, musician and WICN host. Tonight he talks about his two great blogs: WORCESTER SONGWRITERS OF THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK and JAZZ RIFFING ON A LOST WORCESTER. These two well-researched and entertaining blogs uncover a generally unknown history of the Worcester area and the songwriters, musicians, poets and other artists that were born here. Tonight Chet discusses Gary Lee Usher who wrote the Beach Boys hit “In My Room”, Robert Benchley’s wild radio show that he did with Artie Shaw and much more. Chet’s blog’s can be found at:
http://www.jazzriffing.blogspot.com/  and http://worcestersongs.blogspot.com/

Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 7:00pm

We welcome the talented Massachusetts-based duo of Mark Mandeville & Raianne Richards to THE FOLK REVIVAL for a live broadcast from the WICN Performance Hall, celebrating the release of their latest CD “Hard Times & Woes” and their annual Walk Across Massachusetts for the Arts just ahead!

Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 11:00am

Tonight on Inquiry we talk with artist MITCHEL KING AHERN visual artist, musician, and sound artist. He has also been described as a fiber performance artist. Tune in for a lively conversation with him and learn about the upcoming re-filming of PLAN NINE FROM OUTER SPACE! Bonus: Mitchel plays The Harrow, an instrument of his own design. To see some examples of his fiber work, hear some other sounds he has created and read some fine cocktail recipes, go to:
http://www.mitchelka.org/

Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 10:00am


Inquiry welcomes back HONEE HESS, Executive Director of the Worcester Center for Crafts. Tonight, She talks about all the shows and programs coming up at the Center this spring and the renovation of the ceramics studios. To learn more about the Center programs, go to: http://www.worcester.edu/WCC/default.aspx

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 7:00pm

After 30 years of touring nationally, RI performing songwriter Mary Ann Rossoni is now back to her roots with the recent release of her new album, “Edentown”. Mary Ann is a two time chair and founding member of the Rhode Island Songwriters Association, now in its twentieth year, and is also on the board of directors of the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame.

For this special WICN concert, Mary Ann will be backed by Medrick Bellaire on acoustic guitars, mandolin and vocals; Jeff Keithline on stand up bass and vocals; Paul Dube on harp and accordion; and Betsy Ritz on violin.

This concert will take place in WICN’s performance studio on Wednesday, April 9th at 7pm, and you are invited to be in our studio audience. Please RSVP to astha@wicn.org.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 6:00pm

Kenny Garrett is a Grammy Award-winning American post bop jazz saxophonist and flautist who gained fame in his youth as a member of the Duke Ellington Orchestra and of Miles Davis's band.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 3:30pm

Historian and curator at the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution WILLIAM L. BIRD JR drops by Inquiry once again to talk about his book AMERICA’S DOLL HOUSE: THE MINIATURE WORLD OF FAITH BRADFORD. Bradford spent her life collecting miniature house furnishing and gave her incredible 23 room, 5 story doll house, complete with family, Mr and Mrs Doll and their pets to the Smithsonian. It became one of the museum’s favorite exhibits. But that is just the beginning of this amazing tale of one’s woman’s obsessive art and the nation’s museum. Tune in and listen to one of the great stories of the Smithsonian’s collection!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 2:30pm

Tonight on Inquiry we have a wild and wide-ranging and informative talk with visionary artist HOWARD JOHNSON. Howard talks about his early days, how he started out as an artist and how he creates his unique works. To see some of Howard Johnson’s amazing works, please go to: http://www.8thring.com/

Monday, April 7, 2014 - 7:00pm

Monday’s forecast is for rain!! Join host Tom Shaker as he plays a flood of soul songs with rain in the title. You’ll hear The Temptations, Major Lance, The Stylistics, Adele and many more. Bring your umbrella to this week’s Soul Serenade. It all starts at 7pm!!

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